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Accessibility Professionals Association


See what's up with the Rocky Mountain Chapter!

If you live or work in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming, you should join the APA Rocky Mountain Chapter!


Join us for our next virtual roundtable! This monthly discussion is open to all Rocky Mountain Chapter members and will occur on the third Wednesday of every month, 1:00-2:00 Central.


Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain - "Resources for ADA coordinators"


Zoom invitations will be emailed to all chapter members. If you're an RMC member and haven't received your invite, please contact Camille North. Contact

Join now and your chapter dues will be waived until November 1, 2022!

Join us!

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Upcoming CE/LU training opportunities

For more information on the classes below, please visit our Accredited Training page.


Friday, September 9, 2022, APA Fall CE/LU Training

Plano, TX (In-person and virtual)

Half-day and full-day registration options available


Courses* will include:

  • "Designing for Inclusive Customer Service"
  • “Being a RAS - A Practical Application”
  • "Accessibility Requirements for Accessible Means of Egress"
  • And more!


Tentative APA Fall CE/LU Schedule


Registration is now open! REGISTER HERE

*Some of these courses were offered at the 2022 APA National Conference in January. Course credit may not available for courses repeated.

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APA Certification Exam Roll Out!

Be a part of the inaugural administration of the exam at the 2023 national conference.

Watch the APA Certification page for updates.


Want to be part of the action?

Email Shirley Knox, Executive Director 

and get involved


Find out how you can be an exhibitor or sponsor



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Member Spotlight

John N. Garra

John Garra is the founding architect of Square One Architecture. In the early 2000s, he was a pioneer of green building certification in South Florida as he designed and certified several LEED projects, achieving the highest gold level certification.


John has also developed Square One Accessibility Consulting, a branch of his business, to service property owners, managers, and businesses (ranging from small local companies to international corporations and municipalities) seeking to remove architectural barriers as required primarily under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Square One Accessibility Consulting has staff in Denver, New York City, and Central and South Florida. Currently, John serves as a member of the Florida Building Commission’s Accessibility Technical Assistance Committee.


Born in Buffalo, New York, John began a constant southward migration to complete his professional degree in architecture at the University of Cincinnati before planting his business roots in Fort Lauderdale. 




ADA and ICC Articles

Check out these articles of interest:

Outlets in Kitchens and Bathrooms - Plug into the Details, by Kimberly Paarlberg - June 2022 newsletter
Through the roof: Occupied roofs in the 2018 International Building Codeby Kimberly Paarlberg - March 2022 newsletter
Stairway Signage Demystified, by Kimberly Paarlberg - December 2021 newsletter
O Romeo, Romeo! Accessibility Requirements for Balconies, by Kimberly Paarlberg - September 2021 newsletter

Alphabet Soup for Dwelling Units, by Kimberly Paarlberg - June 2021 newsletter


Hire a Professional

 

Complying with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), and other building accessibility codes and requirements can be a complex and challenging process. A registered accessibility specialist (RAS) or other APA professional can help you smoothly navigate through every phase of your project to achieve accessibility and avoid any costly headaches arising from noncompliance.

Whether it’s a public building or privately owned structure leased or occupied by government agencies, a place of public accommodation, or a commercial facility, an APA member can help with accessibility planning and compliance. 

Search our Hire an Accessibility Specialist for APA specialists.

Mentor Program

Benefit from our Mentor Program as a mentor or a mentee.

Many look to fellow APA members for advice and guidance in the accessibility field. APA’s new mentorship program will further enrich our association’s membership base making our accessibility professionals more qualified leaders, in business and in life. It also strengthens the industry as a whole, by building leadership capabilities that profit the sector’s businesses and educational and government bodies. For new members, this is a great way to gain experience and insight into the profession, build networks, and access practical advice.

The mentorship program will provide individual mentoring sessions throughout the year, and participants will attend quarterly events (virtual for the moment at least). This year's program will conclude at the national conference in 2022 with recognition of all participants.


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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release March 10, 2022


How Do You Gain Recognition as a Knowledgeable Accessibility Consultant? 


A lack of proven knowledge relating to accessibility in the built environment can be costly and detrimental to all involved. Construction errors, varying interpretations, and the lack of consistent application of the various accessibility requirements are problems that occur daily across the country. While Texas and California offer licensure programs for their respective state codes, the need for a National Certification in this area is long overdue. 


Thus, the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) has partnered with CPS Human Resource Services (CPS) to develop a national Certification Exam for the accessibility professional. In order to develop an accurate description of the job performed by those in this field, we need the assistance of individuals who are familiar with the job to complete an online Job Analysis Questionnaire.


The participation of accessibility professionals in the Job Analysis Questionnaire “is critical for making the Certification Exam as relevant as possible to Accessibility Professionals throughout the country,” notes Jim Terry of Evan Terry Associates, one of the subject matter experts working with APA to develop the certification. The prestigious team, headed by Robin Roberts of ACI Consulting Architects, also includes Gene Boecker of Code Consultants Inc., Bill Botten of the US Access Board, Glenn Dea of Collaborative Access Studio, Kevin Grace of Building One, Sonia Gutierrez of DC Housing and Community Development, Marsha Mazz of the US Spinal Association, Jack McClellan of AE Support Group, Robert Ronson of ADA Assistance, and John Torkelson of theACCESSpartnership, lp.


Please let us know if you are willing to participate, and we will send you the questionnaire link in late March. As an added bonus for completing the questionnaire, your name will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.


To participate please send your contact information to Camille North or visit the APAC webpage.


P.S. If you have any questions about this questionnaire or the rating process, feel free to contact our CPS partner, Dr. Alan Tomassetti (atomassetti@cpshr.us or 916.471.3421).



About APA

Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) is a group of trained professionals dedicated to accessibility in all aspects of the commercial built environment. According to state and national ADA Standards, APA members make sure that new and remodel commercial construction is in compliance. From plan reviews to final inspection, they ensure that the physical experience is accessible for persons with disabilities in the built environment.


Continuing Education Credit* - APA is a registered provider with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR, #1521), American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES, #G583), and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR, #PVD312) and is a Preferred Provider for the International Code Council (ICC, #1321). APA provides pre-verified ACTCP credits for the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP). We award an Accessibility Standards Completion Certificate, as well as APA-ADA Specialist, APA-ADA Assembly Specialist and APA-ADA Transient Lodging Specialist Designations when all criteria are met. Members/guests meet the CE/LU requirements of numerous organizations by attending APA training.